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Leonardo da Vinci's Salvator Mundi is going to the Louvre Abu Dhabi

Leonardo da Vinci's Salvator Mundi is going to the Louvre Abu Dhabi
From CBC - December 7, 2017

Leonardo da Vinci's Salvator Mundi is going to the new Louvre Abu Dhabi, the art gallery tweeted on Wednesday.

But there's still no public information on who purchased the painting at therecord-setting auction in November, when the controversial artwork went for$450.3 million US at Christie's, making it the most expensive painting ever sold.

Before the auction,Christie's valued it at $100 million US.

TheSalvatorMundi("Saviour of the World")has been called ethereal, mysterious, spooky and touted as a long-lost painting by the Renaissance master.

Dating from the1500s, the painting wasbilled as the final Leonardo work held in private hands, one of roughly 20 paintings attributed to him.

Depicting a half-length, front-facing Christ figure grasping a crystal orb in one hand, with the other raised in a gesture of benediction, the work was put up for sale by Russian billionaireDmitryRybolovlev, who had purchased it in 2013.

Da Vinci's Salvator Mundi is coming to #LouvreAbuDhabi pic.twitter.com/Zdstx6YFZG

@LouvreAbuDhabi

The Louvre Abu Dhabi officially opened Nov. 11 in the United Arab Emirates.

Authenticity still debated

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